White Bear Lake Area Schools Bond Referendum Passes
Voters in the White Bear Lake Area School District approved a $326 million building bond request to address building needs across the district by a margin of 57.4% yes to 42.6% no (unofficial results: 8,536 yes votes, 6,336 no votes). View the full press release.
Building Our Future
Building Bond 2019 Referendum Information
On November 5, White Bear Lake Area School District residents will vote whether to provide funding for building needs across the district. If approved, the bond funding would provide space for our growing enrollment, improve school safety and security, address deferred maintenance needs and update classrooms for more flexible learning spaces.
2019 Bond Referendum:
2019 Bond Referendum:
12 Facts Every Voter Should Know
Bond Referendum Public Meeting Presentation
- See a video of Dr. K answering some FAQs
- How was the plan built?
- How will the plan be implemented?
- What is a summary of the plan?
- What was the timeline for the Facilities process?
- Where would students go to school during construction?
- Why is the bond so large?
- Is there anything in the plan that can wait?
- How has the district informed the community about the bond referendum?
- Can Hugo be its own district?
- Have any community organizations expressed support for the bond?
- Why didn’t the committee decide to stick with status quo?
- Is Open Enrollment the cause of the projected increased enrollment?
- When and where can I vote?
- How many years is the bond debt scheduled for?
- How will I benefit if I don’t have children in the district?
- Elementary-specific questions
- High School-specific questions
- Rumor vs. Reality
Voters in the White Bear Lake Area School District approved a $326 million building bond request to address building needs across the district by a margin of 57.4% yes to 42.6% no (unofficial results: 8,536 yes votes, 6,336 no votes).
Community organizations have formally endorsed the bond referendum, including the White Bear Lake Economic Development Corporation, Hugo City Council, Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation and White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce.
At its September 23 Board meeting, the White Bear Lake Area School Board unanimously passed a resolution confirming that the district will not use eminent domain for additional land around the current White Bear Lake Area High School - North Campus if the November 5 referendum is approved by voters
At its August 12 regular meeting, the White Bear Lake Area School Board approved two purchase agreements for land in Hugo that recently became available.
At its July 15 regular meeting, the White Bear Lake Area School Board unanimously voted in favor of placing a bond referendum question to address building needs across the district on the November ballot.
At its June 27 work-study meeting, the White Bear Lake Area School Board discussed the recommendation for a November 5, 2019 bond referendum to address building needs across the district.
If voters approve the referendum requests, the average homeowner ($275,000 home) would see a tax increase of about $23 per month.
To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot question on your 2020 taxes, find a Residential Home Calculator link on this Property Tax Information Site from Ehlers, the district’s independent municipal advisor.
See a detailed tax impact chart with various property values below.
Compared to neighboring school districts’ voter approved school debt taxes, if the bond referendum is approved, we would still be below the average of other area school districts ($275 per year on a $250,000 home compared to an average of $317 for our neighbors).
Tax Relief Measures
Bond Referendum Materials
Facilities Planning Process
A comprehensive facilities review and planning process kicked off in the fall of 2018 and continued throughout the 2018-19 school year. Find the process documents here.
- 651-407-7563, Superintendent's Office